FAQ Pain and Cannabis
How does cannabis treat joint pain?
Will cannabis help with arthritis?
Arthritis is one of the most common ailments in the world, with more than 50 million people affected in the U.S. alone. Arthritis is actually a large category that includes more than 100 conditions affecting joints and surrounding tissue. Symptoms of pain, stiffness and swelling aching joints are common. There is no known cure for arthritis, but there is hope: Cannabis.
Cannabis has a superior safety profile than steroids, opiates and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that are often used to treat arthritis discomfort. Unlike cannabis, these medications come with increased risk of heart attack, stroke, weakening of bones and addiction. Cannabis is known to be as much as 20 times more effective than aspirin at reducing inflammation.
A 2017 study from the University of California, Berkeley revealed that 92 percent of Americans would choose cannabis over opioid medication, saying cannabis works just as well and with fewer side effects. Both THC and CDB, the two most discussed compounds in cannabis have been proven to be pain relievers. Both reduce inflammation, the main cause of the many varieties of joint pain.
Are topical ointments the best treatment method?
All consumption methods are effective for combatting joint pain, but topicals are ideal – especially for those of you who do not want the euphoric side effect. These cannabis-infused lotions, creams and balms provide an effective dose of cannabinoid medicines directly to a localized area. This fights pain and inflammation directly at the source.
If you tried IcyHot or Tiger Balm or Bengay, you are familiar with how these medicinal salves work. Simply apply the medicine directly on the effected joint.
Cannabis-infused topicals work by binding to a network of CB2 receptors found throughout the body and are activated either by the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids or by “phytocannabinoids” such as THC and CBD.
It is important to note that even if a topical contains THC, it still won’t induce euphoria or the familiar cannabis “high.” When used in topicals, cannabinoids are unable to enter the bloodstream.
Other methods of consumption (inhalation, edibles, tinctures, etc.) will also help relieve joint pain. But applying a topical is recommended as a first attempt at relief.
The rule is, as always, start low and go slow. And always consult the staff at your Greenlight Approved retailer.
How does cannabis treat joint pain?
For millennia, cannabis has been used as a pain relief treatment. As the opioid addiction crisis spreads across the country, a growing number of Americans are turning to cannabis to treat joint pain. And for good reason: Cannabis has been shown in study after study to be effective for acute and chronic pain.
Most joint pain is caused by inflammation, which is the body’s biological response to injury and a defense against diseases. A lot of things cause inflammation: twisting an ankle, repetitive movement, a breakdown in your immune system and degenerative joint damage are common.
The body releases chemicals in the bloodstream in an attempt to protect the joints. It works to heal wounds, but it can also play a role in some chronic diseases. Those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and other joint-related ailments are overwhelmed with inflammation. Cannabis is twice as effective as hydrocortisone and twenty times more effective than aspirin in reducing inflammation.
THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis responsible for the euphoric effect, shuts down inflammatory proteins and calms the immune system. CBD, which does not produce euphoria, promotes relaxation and increased pain relief. One leading researcher noted an ”entourage effect” where THC, CBD and the more than 100 compounds in cannabis work in concert to address joint pain.
In 2014, researchers from the University of South Carolina found that THC dampens the immune system and deactivates inflammatory proteins.
Different strains of marijuana will produce different effects. Consult staff at your GREENLIGHT APPROVED retailer about what works best for your condition and what activities you plan on doing while using.
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